Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter: Two more witnesses declared hostile 
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Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter: Two more witnesses declared hostile 

The prosecution on Monday examined three witnesses who acted as panch witnesses for the process of collection of viscera of Shaikh.

mumbai Updated: Feb 12, 2018 21:48 IST
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The prosecution on Monday examined three witnesses who acted as panch witnesses for the process of collection of viscera of Shaikh. (FILE)

The prosecution on Monday declared two more witnesses -- Bharghav Panchal and Gautam Prajapati -- hostile after they failed to identify one of the policemen booked in connection with the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case.

The prosecution on Monday examined three witnesses who acted as panch witnesses for the process of collection of viscera of Shaikh. In their respective statements, the two claimed they were stopped and asked to act as panch witnesses by the ATS officers on November 25 2005, the day of the encounter.

In the statement they alleged that Shaikh’s post-mortem was done but they had to seize his viscera for further examination. After they agreed to act as panch witnesses, they were introduced to one officer namely Parmar (ML Parmar) who was the then deputy superintendent. They further in their respective described the process of how the bottles containing viscera and other samples were seized

However, on Monday when they were called to depose, they could not identify Parmar who was sitting in the courtroom. The two accepted that viscera was seized, but could not remember the officer or any other details. Hence the prosecution declared them hostile.

The prosecution also examined another panch witness, Aniruddsinh Sisodiya, who was present at the time of seizure of the weapon used by police officers of Rajasthan.

It was claimed that in 2007, at the time of investigation, the agency had asked the Rajasthan police to hand over the weapons used by the officers for investigation. The Rajasthan police had sent those weapons under a covering later and were handed over to the investigating officer.

Sisodiya acted as a panch witness for the process of handing over the weapon to the Gujarat police who initially took up the investigation.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 21:48 IST